Pacific Central Station
Pacific Central Station
3.5
4:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
4:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
4:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
4:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
4:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
4:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
4:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
4:30 AM - 12:00 AM

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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Yaletown & False Creek North
Yaletown has risen from the ashes of its rough-and-tumble industrial past into one of Vancouver's new chicest neighbourhoods. The place responsible for originating of the phrase 'skid row' might not call to mind independently-owned boutiques and terraced cafes, but having swallowed the waterfront lines of False Creek North, the resulting amalgamation transformed the area into an elegant, stylish hotspot with a view. Its youthful vibe owes to the many young families and young professionals who live there, bolstering nightlife and restaurant variety along its cobbled streets. It is the flagship neighbourhood for modern revitalization, and the It-Spot for boutique hotels and modish eats.
How to get there
  • Pacific Central Station • 1 min walk
  • Main St–Science World[e] • 3 min walk
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MartynG_11
Gig Harbor, WA576 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
From the outside facade a very nice looking building, atmospheric in appearance as it gets dark. On the inside as referenced previously a facility devoid of services post covid and most importantly cramped and congested when going through the boarding process for Seattle. Poorly organised and in desperate need of a checked bag facility prior to boarding. Have yet to board the Seattle service not feeling like I’ve been in some kind of immigration/baggage/ticket melee. Staff generally very friendly however.
Written December 30, 2022
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Amy B
United States79 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
If you’re accustomed to modern day travel, prepare to be disappointed by this station. First, the area is very sketchy…if you want to be safe, do not plan to walk around outside. There’s security to keep the homeless out of the station, but the security person is past the bathrooms so the homeless sneak in (there was one in the women’s bathroom). Second, the food and beverage options are a run down A&W hamburger shop and a small coffee stand. We ordered sandwiches and picked up from Gusto - A Taste of Italy (.5 miles from the station..take a taxi..do not walk). Highly recommend the sandwiches at Gusto. Third, there are 6 power outlets for passengers in the entire station. The outlets are in the A&W, just past the cashier.
Written June 18, 2023
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puckstopper31
Edmonton, Canada743 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Covid shouldn’t make all amenities disappear. Lovely old building that offers nothing but a bench to sit on while you wait for your train or bus. Little shop that offered nothing, and an Asian food place that basically offered nothing. Either have to drag your bags across the way to a Tims or A&W to get a coffee or food. Be aware of this before you arrive…drug addicts and homeless abound in the area as well although we’re not a bother to us.
Written April 16, 2022
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astrojane
Monrovia, CA1,070 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
Words cannot describe the beauty of the scenery along the Amtrak Cascades route from Seattle to Vancouver. We were on our way to Vancouver from Los Angeles for an Alaskan Cruise and the train was our choice of transportation.

The 4 hour trip from Seattle to Vancouver was gorgeous, the trains are sleek and modern, the conductors and attendants are informative, smart and very helpful.

I learned a lot of scenery and historic facts just by sitting near a family explaining things out the window, as well as from the conductor. The staff looked genuinely happy to be there.

The Bistro car (see my pictures) looked brand-spanking new. The decor and upholstery were modern, the doors between the cars opened automatically. The bathrooms were spotless!

I can't say enough good things about the Amtrak Cascades! Cost for 2 business class seats $170. ($127 plus $42 business class upgrade) for 2. :-)

Oh, and I just love the color scheme of cream, brown and dark green. Perfect for a scenic trip!
Written June 15, 2013
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travelbugLDN
London, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
This beautiful train station is your gateway to Seattle, WA during your stay in Vancouver. Amtrak Cascades have a morning and an evening service between two cities on the most scenic train route.

The train ride takes approximately 4 hours. From Vancouver to Seattle, you check-in and go through US customs/immigration in Canada. They are very efficient, friendly and courteous. Then you will get the best views along the north west pacific coast during this train journey. Some train drivers are very friendly and they alert you before the train passes notable views. Our driver was excellent and spotted several bald eagles along the route.

The train arrives in Seattle in the newly refurbished King Street Train Station. The station was modeled on the St Marks in Venice in 1906 and after the recent renovation, it regained its original glory.
Written June 8, 2013
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Mary v
Redmond, WA55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
Amtrak was still using the super liner as of April 12, 2013. We had round trip tickets from Seattle to Vancouver. Going to Vancouver from Seattle on the 510, we had to take a bus to Everett as there were landslides affecting the tracks. We left Seattle right on time and the train was arriving as we came into Everett so we literally walked right off the bus and onto the train. Having used only planes to travel in 15 years we were impressed with how comfortable and relaxing the train was. The scenery on this route is beautiful, even through rain. Our trip coming back was slower. The passenger train has to yield to freight trains at switches. We left at train "rush hour" so it took about an hour to get out of Vancouver. We stopped again before Everett while another freight train changed crew. We arrived an hour late in seattle. However, because the train is so comfortable it didn't bother us. Sure beats circling an airport. The crew was great and customs was very short. We good see the lines of cars through the window so this was another added benefit of taking the train.. There was no wi-fi. Great reading time, playing cards in the dining car or just sight seeing. Loved it and the price could not be beat.
Written April 28, 2013
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James G
London, Canada231 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
Once a grand railway terminus, Pacific Central Station now falls short of what it could be. Nominally a Via Rail station, government cutbacks now mean that the station hosts but three Via Rail departures and arrivals per week. US-based Amtrak, on the other hand, offers two departures and arrivals daily for Seattle and points south.

Canadian and American customs and immigration officers service the Amtrak trains to and from the State of Washington. The officers from both agencies are generally efficient and courteous. Passengers travelling Amtrak may be surprised to see that their luggage will be X-rayed before they board their train.

Half the station is now given over to Greyhound and other intercity bus operators. That does offer the convenience of same-station transfers for those combining bus and rail on their journey.

The station has been beautifully restored and qualifies as an architectural gem. Don’t count however on taking photos of all that beauty. There are prominently displayed signs forbidding any photography, with equally prominent security guards to enforce those restrictions. One wonders just what security risk a tourist photo of the lovely station clock might present.

Dining choices in the station are extremely limited, a small coffee shop and sushi bar. The large space occupied for many years by a McDonald’s outlet now stands vacant.

There are no video screens, signboards, or station announcements to indicate bus departures. Passengers are left to fend for themselves in finding their buses.

The station has become a magnet for the area homeless, who sometimes use the station washrooms as their personal bathing facilities and change rooms.

If you have time to kill between trains, Via Rail personnel will store your luggage for a nominal fee. A quick walk across the park in front of the station (dodging the panhandlers) will take you to the Skytrain platforms. A short ride will deliver you to Waterfront Station and a full range of dining and shopping options.
Written September 20, 2013
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Lesley J
State College, Pennsylvania, United States1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Business
I was at this station on March 7, 2012 and used my debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM there. My card never left my possession (except when it was in the machine) and I took my receipt. Two & a half weeks later, after my return to the U.S. (home), ATM withdrawals in B.C. began, and added up to $2800 before I closed my card. This also happened to a colleague who had used the same ATM. From speaking with my bank I learned that identity thieves install devices in or on the ATM that records your information (account & pin). So, DON'T USE THE ATM AT THIS STATION, or, if you do, monitor your bank account frequently!! I filed a report with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but it wasn't clear if they were going to do anything about it.
Written March 26, 2012
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Desmond C
St. Catharines, Canada153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We recently visited our daughter and son-in-law in Seattle and were planning on flying from there to visit our son in Vancouver, BC before returning home to Prince Edward Island. Our son-in-law suggested that we take the train from Seattle to Vancouver, a three and a half hour trip around the scenic shores of Puget Sound. It sounded like an adventure so I went on-line a month before our trip and booked coach tickets at the bargain seniors' rate of $25 US each. Business class was not available on our travel date. We departed early in the morning from the very small railway station in Edmonds, Wa. just north of Seattle. There were only about 20 people getting aboard at that stop and loading was very easy. We checked our suitcases for free ( do you hear that, airlines?) and were shown to forward facing seats on the upper level with a great view of the surrounding scenery. The train travels along the shores of the Sound and is the views are spectacular. Later on, the train meandered through rolling farmland which was scenic in its own right. There is a small canteen in the lounge car where you can buy breakfast sandwiches, coffee and pastries and take them back to your seat to eat. Crossing into Canada was barely noticible. We didn't clear Canadian customs until we got off the train at Vancouver's Pacific Central Station. Things went a lot faster there than has been our experience at airport Customs between the US and Canada. This is a travel experience I would highly recommend.
Written October 23, 2017
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Brad M
Seattle, WA42 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
I love trains and love train trips. The trip to/from Seattle to Vancouver BC and return has so much to commend. Roughly half the trip is right on the beach with views across the Sound. Lots of wildlife (on this trip we saw orcas, sea lions, deer, snow geese, eagles, and every waterfowl imaginable.) But the 'organization' Amtrak uses seems designed to make the trip less enjoyable and frustrating. Example - Amtrak sells a "Reserved" ticket. Yet when you arrive at the station, "reserved" means nothing. Just stand in line for however long depending on how many folks get there earlier than you did. In Seattle going north that was over a half an hour, you then get your seat assignment and then wait another half an hour plus until they let you on the train. But in Vancouver it's different for the return trip. There (again, with no explanation unless you ask the desk clerk--more on that in a minute), again you line up, and over an hour before the train departs, seats are assigned and you are allowed through customs and on to the train, which is at least more pleasant than sitting in the waiting room for an hour. Because I wasn't sure how the system worked in Vancouver, I approached the ticket desk clerk to ask, if my ticket says, "Reserved seat" do I have to stand in line? His response: "I don't know what you are talking about, we don't sell reserved seats" He barely suppressed his scorn at my ridiculous question. Forget, I guess, that the ticket I am holding says "Reserved seating". Whatever. I also ask him, once we are admitted to the train, and are waiting the 1 hour or so until the train leaves, can we purchase food and drink from the club car while waiting? "Of course" is the reply.
We then proceed through the line to the same gentleman to get our seat assignments. We are the 2nd in line. May we please have 2 seats facing forward, upper level, on the right (water) side of the train? No verbal response, but he hands us the paper slip with a car and seat number on it and off we go through customs, out the door, all the way to the front of the train where our seats are NOT on the right/water side, but the left side of the train. I point this out to the Amtrak employee 'assisting" passengers on to the train who tells me if the 2 of us want to change our seats we both need to take all our bags off the train, go all the way back to the terminal, get in the end of the (now very long) line, hope there will be the seat we want, and then go back through customs. No thanks. So we go to the club car to be told, no drinks until the train is moving.
It's a beautiful trip, the cars are roomy with great viewing windows, and the food and drink (when they finally start selling) is tasty and reasonably priced. Both trips were on time and the stations in Seattle and Vancouver are both gorgeous old buildings and both are on the subway/light rail connections so are easy to get to/from.
But Amtrak continues inexplicably to go out of its way to make the overall experience so much less than it could -- and should -- be.
Written March 11, 2019
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